Publishers: No More Plastic Crap With Your Games
After seeing yesterday’s Tony Hawk listing for $120 and now looking at two completely different controllers for Scratch: The Ultimate DJ and DJ Hero, I am now officially done with plastic controllers. I am tired of seeing a new game come out with the philosophy that it needs a new controller.
Let me ask you this: Did Tony Hawk Proving Grounds suck because it needed a new controller, or did it suck because it was basically, the same Tony Hawk game I have been playing since I owned Tony Hawk 2 almost 10 years ago to this day? The controller has no bearing on Tony Hawk being a good game. Tony Hawk was out-gamed by its competitor, skate!, which offered a new perspective and new control format, without resorting to bundling in plastic crap.
Look, when Guitar Hero first came out, the guitar controller was a cool accessory, that made me want to get a guitar controller, because it was fresh and new, while being relevant to the gaming experience I was about to enjoy. When Rock Band came about, I opted for just the game, because I had two guitar controllers already. I opted for the drums and a mic on my own time, because I did not have a desire to get another guitar. The whole point is that at the time, these new controllers added to the experience. The problem with them is that each release offered a new guitar controller. GH: Aerosmith offered what appeared to be the same Gibson that was in Guitar Hero III, but with an Aerosmith finish. Activision finally figured it out with Guitar Hero Metallica, that a game does not need to come with a plastic controller every time around. Of course then they slipped in the bathtub and hit their head, forgetting the lesson when they added a hunk of plastic into Tony Hawk: Ride.
My rant was finalized this morning when I saw a final version of the Scratch: The Ultimate DJ controller and the DJ Hero controller side by side, and realized that the two were probably not going to be compatible with one another, and in turn, requiring me to own both if I wanted to enjoy both games. At that point I realized that the plastic controller idea had run its course and that I am more resigned than ever to not buy a game with a plastic toy in the box anymore. Sorry DJ Hero and Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, but I am no longer going to buy your games. I cannot convince myself to buy anymore plastic junk. I don’t have the room for it, and it no longer commands the price point in my life that you are asking. I have two Singstar mics, two Lips mics, two Rock Band mics, two Xplorer guitars, one Rock Band Drum kit and that is enough. I am done with the bundled accessories.
Sorry for the rant but it had to be said. There may be some stream of consciousness here that does not fit well, and I apologize, but I was so pissed this morning at the controller scenarios coming the fall that I had to say something spur of the moment.Tags: dj hero, guitar hero, incompatible, lips, plastic peripherals, rock band, scratch: the ultimate dj, singstar, tony hawk ride